Paul uncertain about Trump's SCOTUS nominee

07/16/2018 01:53 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is unsure if he can support Brett Kavanaugh, the man President Trump has nominated for the open U.S. Supreme Court position.

Paul, a staunch defender of individual liberties, spoke at an invitation only town-hall style event with Louisville’s financial industry, bankers, community leaders and business owners, where he said its Kavanaugh’s thoughts on the 4th Amendment that are of concern.

Kentucky’s junior Senator will be meeting with Kavanaugh in the next week or two, he said, where he anticipates a “full discussion on the 4th Amendment.”

“We’ll also have a discussion on other areas and aspects as well — the overreach of regulatory government, the Chevron decision, Obamacare decision — there’s a lot of things we’re going to discuss,” he said. “I have an open mind and I have not decided at this point, but I have an open mind.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, will need every Republican member of the Senate’s support to reach a simple majority needed when invoking the so-called nuclear option. Republicans only have 51 votes in the upper chambers, and most Democrats appear to be against confirming Kavanaugh.

Paul also weighed in on the summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin. The Bowling Green eye-doctor said he felt it was a good idea for the two leaders to hold high level conversations, but he did not expect a “great deal to come of this.”

Paul adding, he did not expect Putin to admit to interference in the 2016 election.

“Most nations, who can spy, do. Most nations, who have the ability to interfere in elections, do. So, we should protect ourselves,” he said.

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